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ATLANTA (NSF/FBW) -- Federal appellate judges this week ordered a lower court to plunge back into a dispute about whether a Ten Commandments statue outside the Dixie County courthouse is unconstitutional.
NORTH MIAMI (FBW) – North Miami church planter Jack Hakimian in recent weeks has been the subject of national and South Florida media attention, resulting in a threatened eviction of his church from a public school and being the object of scorn by gay activists.
Despite it being a last-minute invitation, Hakimian agreed to speak at a “GLBT Inclusion Forum” Aug. 8 on a panel tilted heavily in support of gay rights views, seeing it as an opportunity to be an “incarnational” Gospel witness to the homosexual community.
JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—A stagnant 2013 Cooperative Program budget of $31.6 million—an amount identical to the 2012 budget—was approved by the Budget-Allocations Committee of the State Board of Missions during its annual meeting Aug. 16 in Jacksonville.
The budget, based on gifts from Florida Baptist churches through the Cooperative Program from June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012, will increase giving to the Southern Baptist Convention by one percent to 41.5 percent. The increase in the SBC portion sustains a commitment by Florida Baptists to raise the percentage allocated nationally to an even 50/50 percent division of funds between the national and state entities.
For several years, religious freedom advocates have expressed concern that a subtle rhetorical change by the Obama Administration may signal a significant policy change that will have consequences for the practice of freedom of conscience around the world.
President Barack Obama and other members of his administration now routinely use the phrase “freedom of worship” rather than or more frequently than “freedom of religion” when describing liberty of conscience in religious matters. It’s not a distinction without a difference.
As a kid growing up in my home church, one of the most exciting times of the year was our annual revival. Oh what a time that was!
Recently, during a flight returning home from an academic conference, I had the most delightful encounter with a lesbian couple. That may not seem like an earth-shaking event. However, in today’s social and political climate, considering our differing demographics, this would be defined as the conversation that should not have happened.
A few weeks ago, I told you that, in my opinion, Lifeway bookstores made a big mistake when it removed copies of “The Blind Side” from its shelves.
Dave Says is a column featuring the financial advice of nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey, the Dave Says column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual calls on Ramsey's radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show.